Occupational Therapy Assistant
(Associate of Applied Science)

Achieve an Associate Degree in as few as 21 months*

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work with Occupational Therapists to help patients with injuries, disabilities, or illnesses work in recovering and improving skills for daily living. During your job, you will develop and execute treatment plans for all ages of patients. This can include teaching proper movements, providing advice on the best ways to stretch for proper recovery, record progress, and giving feedback to the OT.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) Mission Statement

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program provides students with the theoretical knowledge, technical skills, and professional attributes graduates need to practice as entry-level occupational therapy assistants in settings where occupational therapy is currently established and where it is emerging as a service. Occupational Therapy Assistant graduates from an educational program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)* of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) OTA Certification Examination.

Learning Objectives / Instructional Outcomes

Our Occupational Therapy Assistant classes cover general education requirements to become an OTA. These classes include mathematics, written, verbal, and nonverbal communications; interpersonal skills; critical thinking; the sciences; and the humanities. Learning objectives include performing holistic therapeutic interventions to address the physical and mental rehabilitation of the whole person; completing selected components of data collection and assessment of the patients’/clients’ daily occupations as well as their safety and response to the intervention; participating with the Occupational Therapist in providing physical and psychosocial support for patients/clients and their families and caregivers with recognition of individual, cultural, and economic differences; and communicating, educating and interacting cooperatively with other healthcare providers. *Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE): 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; ACOTE c/o AOTA: 301-652-AOTA;; email:
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Occupational Therapy Assistant
(Associate of Applied Science)

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In order to graduate from the Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum:

Memphis curriculum

Below you will find campus-specific information about the Occupational Therapy Assistant (Degree) program

NBCOT Pass Rate Data

OTA Graduation Rates

Career Outlook

Career Overview

Occupational Therapy Assistants work with clients of all ages and diagnoses. They provide quality occupational therapy services to assigned individuals under the supervision of a registered Occupational Therapist and work in hospitals, clinics, schools, client homes, community settings, even prisons. Licensure is required within the state where the COTA will practice. In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT (OTA) Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT (OTA) Certification Examination or to attain state licensure.


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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.

Accreditation and Licensure

For the Memphis campus:

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Ste 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. Their website is ACOTE’s email is


How Long Is The Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate Of Applied Science) Program at Concorde?

The occupational therapy assistant program can be completed in as few as 21 months. However, program length can vary by campus. Please be sure to check with an admission advisor for program length information.

When Does Concorde’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate Of Applied Science) Program Start?

Contact us to find out when the Occupational Therapy Assistant program starts at a Concorde campus location near you.

What is the job outlook for an occupational therapy assistant?

According to, the occupational therapy assistant job field is expected to grow by 32 percent through 2029. As the need for therapy for those with disabling medical conditions continues to increase, the amount of occupational therapy assistants is expected to continue to grow.

Why should I become an occupational therapy assistant?

Become an occupational therapy assistant to work with patients, improving their quality of everyday life, like eating, getting dressed, using a computer, or having a conversation. Form relationships with a variety of people. It’s highly rewarding to watch your patients as they gain new skills, big and small.

Does Concorde offer occupational therapy assistant externships?

Concorde incorporates real-world training and off-site clinical experiences in our programs.

How much is tuition for Concorde’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) programs?

For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.

Do you have an Associate's degree in health care field, which is a pre-requisite for this program?